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“It's not real southern BBQ, but for the west coast it's pretty darned good”

Bubba's Smokehouse BBQ
Ranked #18 of 1,237 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Boston, MA
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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“It's not real southern BBQ, but for the west coast it's pretty darned good”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Red wine with BBQ? Only in California :)

Vacationing in the La Jolla area we got a hankering for BBQ, and a quick scan of online reviews brought us to Bubba's Smokehouse. The atmosphere is casual -- order from the counter and they'll bring your food to your table. The menu is reasonably extensive including traditional BBQ options (ribs, smoked meats, pulled chicken and pork), burgers, and some kid-friendly options for the less adventurous children in your party. There's a small wine and beer list as well. The staff is friendly and helpful. The location is on Prospect Street in the heart of everything.

For west coast BBQ Bubba's was about the best I've found. It's not real southern pit BBQ, but it's a fair substitute if you find yourself in La Jolla. The ribs are substantial, the smoked meats are fairly lean without being tough or dry and have a nice smoke flavor to them, and both the sweet and hot sauces are nicely complex. The hush puppies were a bit spicy for my taste (where I grew up we made them less hot and dusted them with powdered sugar) but were hot, crisp, and not at all greasy. We didn't sample any of the desserts because we were celebrating a birthday and brought our own birthday cake. The staff was entirely cool with this.

Next time I'm in La Jolla and have a yen for BBQ, I'll head back over to Bubba's. You should do the same.

  • Visited August 2012
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“Bubba's in LaJolla is great for lunch or a quick dinner”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Bubba's on Prospect Street LaJolla is great for a quick lunch or dinner while plying the streets of LaJolla or nearby coastline. The pulled pork and jerk chicken sandwiches were great. Check out the pecan pie. Excellent. If you are in to BBQ make this a must stop which is definitely affordable for all.

  • Visited June 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Yum!”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

Bubba's is one of the best BBQ restaurants I've ever eaten in! My son in law recommended it, and was he right - great ribs, great sauce, and the best BBQ beef ribs ever - using prime rib bones with lots of meat.

  • Visited June 2012
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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“Fun location - excellent food”
Reviewed May 13, 2012

Bubba's is very casual - just walk in, choose your table, and order food and drink from the bar. And excellent it was too in quality and value (May 2012).

Visited May 2012
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“YUMMY”
Reviewed May 8, 2012

Myself, hubby and two boys (5 and 10) ate here and we all loved it!

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